Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Jennifer Blake - "The Steel Magnolia of Women's Fiction"
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"Blake's style is as steamy as a still July night on the bayou, as overwhelmingly hot as Cajun spice."
~ Chicago Tribune
Masters at Arms, Book Five
Sword master Kerr Wallace agrees to escort headstrong Sonia Bonneval to Mexico for her arranged marriage -- since the groom is the man he's been tracking for years. But the bride will do anything to avoid the wedding...
About Jennifer Blake
Jennife Blake has been called the Steel Magnolia of women's fiction, and a "legend of the romance genre." She is a seventh generation Louisianian who married at 15, began writing at 21, sold her first book at 27, and gained New York Times Best Seller status more than 20 years ago, with LOVE'S WILD DESIRE. She has written more than 50 books, including ROYAL SEDUCTION, SHAMELESS, and her acclaimed Louisiana Gentlemen series. An international best seller as well, she has been published in 18 languages with worldwide sales approaching 30 million. She was honored with the position as Writer-in-Residence for the University of Northeastern Louisiana, and is a charter, and honorary, member of Romance Writers of America.
Numerous awards for her work have been gained over the years. Among those she values most, however, are the Golden Treasure Award for Lifetime Achievement from Romance Writers of America, induction into both the RWA and Affaire de Coeur Romance Halls of Fame, and the Frank Waters Award for Excellence in Fiction.
Since 1998, Jennifer and her husband have resided in a lakeside Caribbean-styled retreat in North Louisiana where they often entertain friends and family. Always a gardener, she spends much of her free time encouraging her newly planted garden to bloom with her favorite daylilies and antique roses. When not gardening, she enjoys collecting antiques, painting, and needlework, including quilting.
Still, evenings find her and her husband lounging on one of the expansive verandas, sipping café au lait or a cool drink and listening to the gentle lap of waves. Here, as Jennifer says in her own words, "I write my fantasies of love and adventure in the romantic South. And sometimes, when I sit on the porch with the sunlight falling across the lawn and the smells of magnolia, sweet olive, honeysuckle and roses wafting on the warm air, I live them."
About Jennifer's Pseudonyms
During a career spanning more than 30 years, Jennifer has written under several pen names and in a variety of genres. She began with Gothic mystery-suspense tales, writing eight of these for Fawcett Gold Medal and Popular Library as Patricia Maxwell between 1970 and 1978, as well as a historical romance under that name in 1977. A single collaborative effort in the Gothic genre, STORM AT MIDNIGHT, was released in 1973 as Elizabeth Trehearne and, following the decline of the Gothic market, she wrote a murder mystery and a suspense tale under the pseudonym of Patricia Ponder. Six light contemporary romances were penned as Maxine Patrick for New American Library between 1978 and 1980, but the break out of her first Jennifer Blake title, LOVE'S WILD DESIRE, as a New York Times Best Seller in 1977, focused her attention on the historical romance market. Over the next decade, fourteen historicals were produced for Fawcett/Ballantine. Some of her older titles, originally published under other names, have been reissued under the Blake pseudonym. They appear in paperback and also in large print and library hard cover editions. They are currently available online and as print on demand copies at retail outlets which have this capacity.
Jennifer's Journal (blog)
Jennifer's Book List